Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional service and compassion in their everyday professional or voluntary capacities with Olim, improving the quality of life and wellbeing of those they have assisted.

The award is open to Israeli citizens currently residing in Israel, with the exception of Telfed staff or board members.

The nominator will be required to explain how the nominee has effected positive change through their actions and why they serve as an example to others.

Only Olim (and the children and grandchildren of Olim) from South Africa, Australia, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are eligible to nominate candidates for this award.

Applications must be submitted using the online form.

As a nominator, you may nominate up to 3 candidates for this award. Each nomination must be submitted separately.

Each nomination requires a reference (or seconder) as an additional endorsement for their nomination. References must be Israeli citizens (not necessarily of South African, Southern African or Australian origin).

A panel of impartial judges will select the Telfed Hidden Hero winner.

This award aims to recognise individuals who go the extra mile to assist immigrants to Israel. Their contributions are mostly unknown, but their impact is significant.